It has been a year and a half since the last Star Trek movie was released. Star Trek Beyond came out in July 2016, and fans are already clamoring for more. While no Star Trek 4 has been announced officially, Karl Urban — who plays Bones McCoy in the rebooted film series — feels "pretty confident" that Star Trek 4 will be in production in the next year.
In an interview with JoBlo, Urban said: "It’s really a question for Paramount [laughs]. But, that being said, I have such a blast working on those Star Trek movies. You know, that cast, we’re like family at this point. I’m pretty confident within, hopefully the next year, that we’ll be back on the set."
According to IGN, days before Star Trek Beyond was released, J.J. Abrams (who directed the first two reboots and produced the third) said that work was underway on Star Trek 4, which apparently would have Captain James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) reunite with his father, George (played by Chris Hemsworth), who died the same day Jim was born.
There hasn't been much word on the project since then, except for reports that Quentin Tarantino has pitched a "great idea" to Abrams and Paramount for the Star Trek franchise, one that he would consider directing.
Many people seem to think that if Tarantino were to come on to the Star Trek franchise, he would take on the fourth film, which doesn't seem likely -- or even possible. Tarantino is hard at work on his own film, roughly based on the Manson Family murders, so it seems doubtful that he would be ready to jump onto another project so soon afterward. On top of that, Tarantino has never directed a script he didn't write. Why start now?
Despite the buzz, there are some stumbling blocks to Tarantino directing a Star Trek film. Namely, he would reportedly want to make an R-rated film, and Star Trek has never had an R rating. The franchise has long been seen as a family-friendly one, and Tarantino is not particularly family-friendly (outside of, well, the Manson Family). If anything, perhaps Tarantino might tackle his own Star Trek-esque project at some point, but Paramount handing over the reins for something R-rated seems like a stretch.